The High Country is celebrating the New Year (post-Mayan apocalypse), with everything from dance parties to ambient dinners. Regardless of county, or your taste for New Year’s drinks, there is something going on.
Dance the night away at Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) with Possum Jenkins and the Worthless Son-In-Laws at 10 p.m. Cover charge is $10. For more information, call (828) 264-1811 or visit http://www.boonesaloon.com.
Casa Rustica (1348 N.C. 105 South) invites revelers to enjoy New Year’s Eve with Italian-American cuisine, New Year’s specials and jazz music from Todd Wright and Friends. A complimentary champagne toast will be provided. Reservations are required for dinner service, which starts at 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.casarustica1981.com. To make reservations, call (828) 262-5128.
Char (179 S. Howard St.) is bringing in 2013 with dinner and a dance party. From 5 to 9 p.m., a four-course meal will be served for $55 per person. Reservations are required. The party cranks up at 10:30 p.m. with DJ C-ray and dancing. Party favors and the champagne toast are free, but the cover is $7. For more information, call (828) 266-2179 or visit http://www.char179.com.
Joy Bistro (115 New Market Center) is celebrating the new year with a fine four-course dinner. The cost is $65 per person, with an optional wine pairing. Champagne will be available by the bottle or the half-bottle. Seatings are at 5, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Call (828) 265-0500 to make reservations. To view the menu, visit http://www.joybistroboone.com.
New Year’s Eve at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub (747 W. King St.) will feature live music Billy Constable. The tunes start at 10:30 p.m. The cover charge is $5 and includes a midnight champagne toast. For more information, call (828) 264-5117.
Dance to the hottest hits of the year at Paolucci’s Italian Bar & Grill (783 W. King St.). Dinner will be served until 10 p.m. VJ Justin Allen will be spinning 2012’s best songs and videos from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. A free champagne toast comes at midnight and will be followed by drawings for more than $100 in prizes. There is no cover charge. Call (828) 268-7525 for more information.
End 2012 on a delicious culinary note at Vidalia Restaurant and Wine Bar (831 W. King St.). From 5 to 10 p.m., Vidalia will serve up a four-course meal for $55 per person. Optional wine pairings are $25. Reservations are required. For more information, call (828) 263-9176 or visit http://www.vidaliaofboonenc.com.
The Green Park Inn (9239 Valley Blvd.) will be hosting a string of events to bow in the new year. A three-course early dinner, served from 6 to 8 p.m., will be accompanied by the Charlie Ellis Jazz Trio in the lobby until 9 p.m. Tickets are $42 per person. A Dinner Dance will feature a five-course meal, starting at 9 p.m., and dancing in the grand ballroom to classic swing, big band, beach set, and ’70s and ’80s classic rock until 1 a.m. The $90 admission includes a complimentary champagne toast, fresh fruit and homemade muffins at midnight. To make reservations, call (828) 414-9230 or visit http://www.greenparkinn.com.
Slide into 2013 on the slopes of Appalachian Ski Mountain (940 Ski Mountain Rd.) during the annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The night will be framed by fireworks, torchlight skiing and moonlight ice skating between 10 p.m. and midnight. Restaurant specials and breakfast will also be available from 9 p.m. to midnight. Visit http://www.appskimtn.com for more information or call (828) 295-7828.
Canyons (8960 U.S. 321) is welcoming the new year with funk-rock band Soul Watt. The show starts at 10 p.m. The $10 cover includes a champagne toast at midnight. For more information, call (828) 295-7661 or visit http://www.canyonsbr.com.
Crippen’s Country Inn & Restaurant (239 Sunset Drive) will be serving its full menu from 8 to 10 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by pianist Blake Pace. Crippen’s is giving out the party favors and a midnight toast. For more information, call (828) 295-3487.
The Mighty Mighty Bullfrogs will rock in the new year at Twig’s Restaurant and Bar (7956 Valley Blvd.). The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Dinner, including the Chef’s Tasting four-course dinner, will be served until 10 p.m. The night will close with party favors and a midnight champagne toast. For reservations, call (828) 295-5050.
The Inn at Crestwood (3236 Shulls Mill Road) will host its New Year’s Dinner and Party, featuring a five-course dinner with great wine pairings. The dinner starts at 7 p.m., followed by a DJ, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. Families can bring their children, who will be watched by a babysitter in an adjoining room with dinner, games and a movie. Seating is $110 per person. For reservations, call (828) 963-6646.
This year’s New Year’s Eve dinner at The 1861 Farmhouse (3608 N.C. 194) will feature a seven-course gourmet meal, prepared by Chef Sam Beasley. The menu includes butternut squash bisque, 1861 Oysters Rockefeller, shrimp and goat cheese ravioli and Grilled Hanging Buffalo Tenders.
Head baker Carla Booth will be creating a delectable assortment of Petit Fours for Dessert, including creme brulee profiterole, tarte tatin, Chef Sam’s homemade caramel corn ice cream and chocolate walnut bread pudding with maple bourbon creme Anglais sauce. Dinner includes a wine tasting, featuring 1861 Farmhouse Gold and Silver Medal award-winning wines. Dinner seatings are at 5:30 and 8 p.m. The dinner is $75 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call (828) 963-6301 or visit http://www.1861Farmhouse.com.
The Mast Farm Inn (2543 Broadstone Road) will host its “Well-Played, Mayans IYIYI Celebration” to kick off the new year. Seatings are at 5:30, 7:15 and 9 p.m. The dinner features Chef Andrew Long’s special five-course celebration menu, with optional beer and wine pairings, and Simplicity’s finest North Carolina spirit and spirits.
See menu, beverages, pricing and make reservations at http://www.themastfarminn.com/new-years-eve-2012. To reserve seating, call (828) 963-5857.
Bayou Smokehouse and Grill (120 E. Main St.) serves up authentic Louisiana and Texas cuisine on its wide, mouthwatering menu. The restaurant is welcoming the new year with party hats, favors and a free champagne toast at midnight. No cover charge. For more information, call (828) 898-8952.
Beech Mountain Resort’s (1007 Beech Mountain Parkway) Beech Tree Bar will play in 2013 with the Jonathan Birchfield Band’s unique mix of country and rock tunes. Safe rides within the town of Beech Mountain are available to those taking advantage of the drink specials and champagne toast.
The celebration starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 1:30 a.m. Only ages 21 and older will be permitted, and the cost is $10 per person. The resort is also offering late-night ice skating sessions until 11 p.m. The fun includes games, prizes, music and food in the Munchies Arcade, adjacent to the ice rink. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call (800) 438-2093 or visit http://www.beechmountainresort.com.
Rockin’ Family New Year’s Eve at Buckeye Recreation Center (26 Grassy Gap Creek Road) is a great early day New Year’s option. From 5 to 8 p.m., bring in the new year a little early with dinner, a bounce house, games and a countdown. For more information, call (828) 387-3003 or visit http://www.townofbeechmountain.com.
The fireworks show at Sugar Mountain Resort (1009 Sugar Mountain Dr.) will bring in 2013 with a colorful bang. Live music from The Johnson Brothers starts at 9 p.m., and a torch light parade begins at 11:45 p.m. The indoor festivities require tickets, priced at $45 for singles and $80 for couples. The Last Run Lounge, for ages 21 and older, also requires tickets, priced at $45 for singles and $80 for couples. For more information, call (828) 898-4521, or visit http://www.skisugar.com.
Chef Dan at Boondocks Brewing (108 S. Jefferson Ave.) will be preparing oysters on the half shell and beef Wellington, as well as serving its regular full dinner menu. Party platters, door prizes and a complimentary champagne toast will wind down the night until 1:30 a.m. Reservations for seating are available from 5 to 9 p.m. Specials for designated drivers will be available.
Call (336) 246-5222 for more information.